D-backs Farm Rumblings Week 8: What does a guy need to do to get a promotion?
Unhittable – Kane County right-hander Jon Duplantier has simply been one of the best pitchers in Minor League Baseball this season.
The former third-round pick of the D-backs pitched two more gems last week. Wednesday against Burlington, Duplantier went six shutout innings, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 road win. He followed that up with another strong performance Monday, allowing just one hit in six shutout innings with six strikeouts in a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids.
Duplantier is now 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in 54.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters are batting just .139 against him and he’s posted a microscopic 0.66 WHIP. The former Rice Owl has allowed three earned runs all season — all three coming in a 7-6 loss to South Bend on May 2.
He could be poised for a promotion to Visalia or Jackson and we’re sure the hitters in the Midwest League are rooting for it happen sooner rather than later.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) May 30, 2017
Brito’s back! – Outfielder Socrates Brito returned to the field after a stint on the 60-day DL with a dislocated finger. The 24-year-old started slowly, going 1-for-12 in his first four games, but broke out against Sacramento Sunday and Monday, going 6-for-10 with a double and a triple.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) May 28, 2017
No Laffey matter – Veteran left-hander Aaron Laffey, picked up about two weeks ago as a free agent following a stint with the independent Somerset Patriots, has been very effective in a starting role for Reno. In two starts last week, Laffey pitched a total of 13 innings while allowing just one earned run.
Clarke should have more ‘k’s in the spelling – Jackson right-hander Taylor Clarke — a third-round pick in 2015 out of College of Charleston — set a career-high with 12 strikeouts in a 4-2 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Saturday night. The amazing part about it was Clarke only pitched 5.1 innings, so 12 of the 16 outs he recorded were signified by a ‘K’ on the scorecard.
After Clarke left the game in the sixth, relievers Joey Krehbiel and Gabriel Moya picked up the slack, fanning eight more Jacksonville hitters over the next 3.2 frames.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 28, 2017
Almonte dealing – Right-hander Jose Almonte is in a groove for Single-A Visalia. The 21-year-old got the ball for two starts last week and pitched well in both games. Monday, Almonte threw seven shutout innings, striking out 10 in a 2-0 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Five days later, he fanned 11 and gave up only five hits, but didn’t get any run support in a 4-0 loss at Lake Elsinore.
Almonte has 39 strikeouts and just six walks over his last four starts — a stretch in which he’s gone 3-1. He’s second in the California League with 68 strikeouts, one less than A.J. Puk of Stockton.
Best outing of the year by Jose Almonte (@VisaliaRawhide) last night:
7 IP – 3 H – 0 R – 1 BB – 10 K – [W] pic.twitter.com/sQIjaObhQD
— Jeff Bajenaru (@jeffbajenaru) May 23, 2017
|5-3||32-20||1st place in Pacific Northern Division; 1/2 game ahead of Tacoma|
|3-4||27-23||3rd place in North Division, 2.5 games behind Tennessee|
|3-5||24-28||3rd place in North Division; 6 games behind Modesto|
|3-5||27-22||2nd place in Western Division; 1 game behind Cedar Rapids|